Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NM - Church denies sex offender is working there

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This is just insane! The police made the mistake and they want the church to file a report saying he doesn't work there, then they'll drop it? Talk about not wanting to admit YOUR mistake!

09/14/2009

By Joe Vigil

An Albuquerque church wants to make it clear: A convicted child molester does not work there, despite his claims.

If you look at the state sex offender website, it appears that convicted child molester Gregory Monnin works—in some shape or form—at Our Lady of Annunciation Church in northeast Albuquerque.

Monnin tells the sheriff's department he has volunteered on occasion by handing out fliers after church service. He told Eyewitness News 4 he can provide references and has worked with other religious groups on church property.

"Being that we were using their facilities, we had permission to be on their grounds. Of course there was never a problem," Monnin said.

But church officials say Monnin has never volunteered or worked at the church or at the kindergarten through 8th grade school. They refer to him only as a parishioner.

What bothers the church is the "work" label on the sex offender website. They say concerned parishioners and parents have called about a convicted child molester. The church says it has contacted authorities over the years to remove the label—without success.

BCSO says it can't find any records of the church calling. Even so, authorities say if church officials write a letter to BCSO indicating they don't want Monnin to volunteer, and he agrees to it, the work label on the website may be dropped.

Church officials say they don't have any concerns about Monnin attending mass.

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CA - Former SEIU president pleads no contest to child molestation

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Isn't SEIU the people helping Obama on the Healthcare and other issues?

09/15/2009

By Kathy Robertson

Former Service Employees International Union Local 1000 president and Department of Insurance employee Jaime Enrique Feliciano was sentenced to 25 years in state prison Tuesday after pleading no contest to child molestation, possession of child pornography and manufacturing child pornography.

Acting on a crime tip, law enforcement authorities searched Feliciano’s Sacramento residence in September 2008.They found thousands of child pornography images on DVDs and Internet downloads he was able to view on his personal computer and DOI laptop, according to an announcement from Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully.

A search of his computers revealed homemade child pornography with graphic images of Feliciano molesting a young female. Identified by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the victim stated Feliciano had molested her on multiple occasions.

Feliciano was previously convicted in 1993 for child molestation and was a registered sex offender, according to law enforcement officials. He was convicted again in 2006 for failing to register.

Today’s sentence puts an end to the double life of a once highly respected union president who, behind closed doors, was a dangerous pedophile,” Deputy District Attorney Lani Biafore said in a news release.

Department of Insurance officials declined to comment, as did SEIU 1000 spokesman Naj Aikhan.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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TX - Former police chief accused of possession of child porn

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09/15/2009

By JORDAN HOFEDITZ and SARAH ACOSTA

A former small-town police chief has been charged with seven felony counts – including possession or promotion of child pornography, promotion of prostitution and engaging in organized crime -- in Dallas and Tarrant counties, authorities said.

Michael Meissner, who most recently worked for Little River-Academy, a small community in Bell County, was arrested Monday in Arlington. He was being held at Dallas County jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail, according to authorities.

Meissner has worked for 17 small-town police agencies in the past 18 years, in stints that lasted from a week to three years, according to the Texas Commission on Law and Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

He became Little River-Academy's police chief in February, according to commission records.

Little River-Academy Mayor Ronnie White said Meissner was the city's only police officer and not the chief. He had been hired in 30-day tryout intervals that lasted five or six months before he left the police department under mutual agreement.

We decided we didn’t want him. He had some problems and we decided to go separate ways,” White said.

Little River-Academy is about 150 miles south of Dallas.

The Texas commission says it was not notified of Meissner's departure.

"We unofficially understand that Meissner has been arrested, but no action has been taken on removing his peace officer license," said Laura Le Blanc, a spokeswoman for the agency.

The state can't begin the process of revoking his license unless he is convicted, she said.

Meissner could face 110 years in prison and a $70,000 fine, according to police in Combine, which secured and executed the arrest warrants. Combine straddles Dallas and Kaufman counties. It's about 25 miles southeast of Dallas.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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KY - Former J'town police officer is charged with rape

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09/14/2009

By Sean Rose

A former Jeffersontown police officer who has had prior brushes with the law has been arrested on a charge of first-degree rape.

David Jones, 56, is accused of raping a relative, said Louisville Metro Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell. He was arrested on Saturday afternoon.

Jones served as a Jeffersontown police officer for 20 years, retiring in 1994, said Jeffersontown Chief Rick Sanders. Sanders was present at Jones' arrest and said Jones went peacefully.

Louisville Metro Police are handling the case, but Jeffersontown police assisted in the arrest.

It is not the first time Jones has been in trouble with the law.

In May, he was arrested on charges of impersonating a police officer, kidnapping, first-degree robbery and intimidating a participant in the legal process.

Sanders said at the time that Jones had presented himself as an officer after he was hired by a liquor store to find a person who cashed a stolen check. As a retired officer, he did not have police powers.

Sanders said the owner of the stolen check reported Jones showed up at his apartment May 25 and demanded the money from him, and displayed a weapon and badge and identified himself as a police officer.

When the person said he was the person who had reported the check stolen, Jones then forced him into his car and drove to the person's place of employment, where he hoped to find the person who stole the check.

Those charges are still pending, Sanders said.

In 2002, Jones was charged with first-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, terroristic threatening and first-degree wanton endangerment for allegedly beating and threatening to kill his wife. At the time, Jones was a candidate for the Jeffersontown City Council.

According to a complaint made by his wife, Cecilia Jones, the violence occurred after an argument. She said she slapped her husband, and he tried to cut her throat with a small knife and punched her in the head four times. She said he then grabbed a large knife from the kitchen and tried to stab her, but she snatched the knife, nearly severing two fingers.

The status of that case was not immediately available Monday night.

In 2000, he was convicted of disorderly conduct in Bullitt County. Jones has said that charge stemmed from a fight with his ex-wife, Tanya Jones, who lived in Shepherdsville.

His 60-day jail sentence was discharged on several conditions, such as having no contact with his ex-wife for a year and completing anger counseling.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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CT - Norwich considers restrictions on where sex offenders could live

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09/15/2009

By Claire Bessette

Children are walking to school past their homes, officials told

Norwich - The City Council Public Safety Committee is researching a possible ordinance to restrict where those who commit sex offenses against minor children could live or congregate.
- This is a misconception.  The laws they pass, affect all sex offenders, not just those who have harmed children.

The issue drew heated discussion at last week's Public Safety Committee meeting, when Taftville residents said children walking to Wequonnoc School must walk past homes where sex offenders reside.

Committee Chairman Alderman Mark Bettencourt started researching the issue in the summer after receiving constituent complaints and concerns.

City Corporation Counsel Michael Driscoll said the city of Danbury recently had passed an ordinance establishing “child safety zones” that include schools, playgrounds, swimming areas, ball fields, gymnasiums and parks.

Driscoll said cities and towns throughout the country have tried such ordinances, some successfully and some not. One town tried to create a housing restriction so strict that it would have prohibited sex offenders from living anywhere in that town.

Bettencourt has asked Driscoll to research other examples and propose a draft ordinance.

Alderman William Nash, also a Public Safety Committee member, supports the concept, but said an ordinance would have to be “well written and well researched,” to make it enforceable and constitutional.

Bettencourt would like the ordinance to be aimed specifically at sex offenders who have records against minor children. Along with child safety zones, he would like them to be prohibited from living near schools, playgrounds and ball fields.

But he conceded there would have to be well-defined exceptions. Sex offenders who are custodial parents of their own children might need to come to schools to meet with teachers. The Danbury ordinance also provides an exemption to allow voting at a school or other child's safety zone.

Bettencourt said Norwich also could not order people to move out of their current homes, so the ordinance would have to apply to new cases only. As for penalties, the Danbury ordinance allows for fines of $100 for a violation.

Police Capt. Timothy Menard said he sees no need for a new ordinance, especially when police are strapped financially and would have difficulty enforcing it.

Menard said as of last week, Norwich had 83 registered sex offenders living in the city. Another three or four have failed to comply with requirements that they update their residency information with the city.

Two Norwich sex offenders are homeless, presenting difficulties with any proposed residency restrictions or exclusion zones. If Otis Library or the now-closed YMCA on Main Street were designated as a child safety zone, for example, that could prohibit sex offenders from getting meals at the St. Vincent de Paul Place soup kitchen or the winter homeless shelter located in between the two facilities.

Menard said his research found no sex offender-related incidents within the past 18 months that would have been addressed by an ordinance.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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WI - Requirements and Implications of Wisconsin Sex Offender Registration

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09/15/2009

By Reddin & Singer, LLP

Both the public and convicted offenders have compelling interests in Wisconsin's sex offender registration system.

When a sex offense is committed, especially against a child, the public is outraged. More and more over the past 10 to 15 years, people have demanded that lawmakers and law enforcement agencies alert the community to the presence of sex offenders, especially by classifying information about convicted sex offenders as public.

Both the public, which desires protection, and offenders, who have already served their sentences, have compelling interests. The public wants to ensure that if a sex offender moves into the neighborhood, they know about it. The offender, in an effort to become a productive member of society, needs to be able to find a place to live and get a decent job -- very difficult to accomplish for someone on a sex offender registration list.

Registration as a Wisconsin Sex Offender

Sex offender registration requirements apply to people who have been convicted of certain sex crimes, or found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect for those same sex crimes.

While Wisconsin law requires automatic registration for some offenders, other offenders may have registration imposed if the court feels it is appropriate. Crimes that require sex offender registration include first-, second- or third-degree sexual assault of an adult; first- or second-degree sexual assault of a child; child enticement; possession of child pornography; abduction of another person's child; incest; sexual exploitation by a therapist; and use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime.

Registration for 15 Years

In many cases, Wisconsin law requires a sex offender register to for 15 years after his or her sentence or commitment is discharged (for example, when the offender is released from prison). The court also has discretion to require registration for certain offenses, even for some misdemeanors, where reporting is not automatically required.

On the other hand, the court may decide not to require registration for an offender who was less than 19 years old when the violation occurred, if the victim was not more than four years younger than the offender. This exception, however, is typically applicable only to teenagers who had consensual sex.

Lifetime Registration

In some cases, the offender must register for the rest of his or her life. The instances that require lifetime registration include:
  • Being convicted of a sex offense on at least two separate occasions
  • Being found to be a sexually violent person

The court can order lifetime supervision of persons convicted of serious sex offenses and crimes including:
  • First-, second- or third-degree sexual assault
  • First- or second-degree sexual assault of a child
  • Repeated acts of sexual assault of the same child
  • A serious felony that was sexually motivated

In certain circumstances, the person under lifetime supervision may petition to have the supervision terminated after 15 years have passed.

Commitment to a Mental Health Facility

Under Wisconsin law, an offender can be found to be a sexually violent person. This is defined as a person who has been convicted of a sexually violent offense and has a mental disorder that makes it likely the person will again engage in one or more acts of sexual violence.

After a probable cause hearing and a circuit court trial, someone who is found to be a sexually violent person may be civilly committed to a mental health facility for the rest of his or her life. Civil commitment is intended to treat the "sexual predator" and protect the public.

In the event that the sexually violent person is released from civil commitment, he or she will have to meet stringent registration and supervision requirements.

Registration Requirements for Sex Offenders

Registration with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections must occur once a year. Information required for sex offender registration includes:
  • Name, including any aliases
  • Personal identification information, including date of birth, gender, race, height, weight, and hair and eye color
  • Detailed information about the offense committed
  • Address of residence
  • Supervising agency
  • Vehicle description
  • Name and address of employer or school

Typically, any change in job, address or any of the information above must be provided to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections within 10 days. (Registered sex offenders are not allowed to change their names.)

Under certain circumstances, some or all of this information is made available to the public. It may be available on the Internet or through notifications from local law enforcement.

Implications of Registration

The consequences of sex offender registration can be quite onerous. The U.S. Department of Justice conducted a study of Wisconsin's sex offender community notification program, including interviews with sex offenders. Those interviewed reported loss of jobs, denial of housing and the breakup of personal relationships as consequences of expanded notification and subsequent publicity.

Because of the serious implications of being placed on a sex offender registry, it is most important that if you are facing charges for a sex crime you consult an experienced criminal defense attorney.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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